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Parks: Gomes can stay number one

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Tottenham goalkeeper coach Tony Parks has backed Heurelho Gomes to establish himself as first choice at White Hart Lane after bouncing back from his blunders earlier in the season.

Gomes, who arrived from PSV Eindhoven in the summer for a deal thought to be worth in excess of £7million, made a series of high-profile errors that led to new boss Harry Redknapp recruiting Parks to work with the Brazilian. The result has been faultless performances in Gomes' last three matches.

"I knew of him before he came to Spurs through his time at PSV and from the first minute I worked with him in training, I knew this was a top goalkeeper who was perhaps just struggling a little with confidence," said Parks.

"You look at his agility and his ability to make saves and I have to do no work with that whatsoever. That's all in the bag already," he added.

"I'm sure he's got everything he needs to succeed in the Premier League and he doesn't need to prove anything to anyone. He just has to go out and play the game he has in his locker."

Parks, who was Spurs' penalty shoot-out hero in the 1984 UEFA Cup final win, has tried to make Gomes more selective when deciding which crosses to claim.

"He's come into a more physical league and I think he's tried to prove himself by trying to deal with every cross that comes in and that's one of the things we've spoken about, slowing his mind down and making the right decisions and that sometimes the right decision isn't to try and come for everything," Parks added.

"His ability is unquestionable and he's an absolute gentleman who wants to work hard, wants to improve and wants to impress. He just wants to be number one."

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